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All-new Mazda6 officially unveiled

Brings a bit of style to a rather dull market segment...

Mazda has officially revealed the all-new 2013 Mazda6 at the Moscow Motor Show today.

Heavily inspired by the Takeri concept, the car uses Mazda’s new ‘Kodo’ design language with a ‘signature wing' grille and LED-infused headlights. There are also sharply creased wings front and rear, along with a high rear end and complex rear light clusters. It’s a great looking car from all angles, with genuine style and sportiness, which is sorely lacking in this market segment. Rivals such as the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo look decidedly pedestrian by comparison, though the new Mondeo will address some of that.

According to chief designer Akira Tamatani, "We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realize a powerful presence. Simply looking at the car heightens one's expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it."

The cabin has been significantly improved with higher quality materials and a nicer design. Notable highlights include soft-touch plastics, metallic accents and 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster.

There will be one petrol engine and one diesel in two states of tune at launch, all of which incorporate Mazda’s new SkyActiv technology for improved economy and reduced emissions. The 2.2 litre diesel engine comes in either 148 bhp or 173 bhp guises, with the lower power model producing just 105 g/km of CO2 and achieving an incredible 72 mpg. The petrol engine is a 2.0 litre unit with 165 bhp.

The 2013 Mazda6 will go on sale later this year. Prices are expected to start at around £20,000 for the 165bhp 2.0-litre petrol version. The 2.2 diesel version should start at around £21,000 for the 148bhp version and close to £24,000 in 173bhp guise.

Images courtesy of Mazda

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more